Doctor Who: Season 18, Episode 21

The Keeper of Traken: Part One (31 Jan. 1981)

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Returning to N-Space, The Doctor and Adric are summoned to Traken, a planet of peace and harmony. The Keeper of Traken is nearing the end of his 1000-year-old reign and one of the Traken ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Anthony Ainley ...
Sheila Ruskin ...
Denis Carey ...
The Keeper
John Woodnutt ...
Margot Van der Burgh ...
Robin Soans ...
Roland Oliver ...
Geoffrey Beevers ...
Melkur (voice)


Returning to N-Space, The Doctor and Adric are summoned to Traken, a planet of peace and harmony. The Keeper of Traken is nearing the end of his 1000-year-old reign and one of the Traken consuls is to become the next Keeper. The Doctor, Adric, Tremas (the Keeper Nominate) and Nyssa (his daughter) set about to stop the Melkur, a calcified figure believed to be a "Source of Evil" trying to destroy the Traken Union, only to later discover it is the guise of a old enemy of the Doctor - The Master - who plans to take control of The Source (the keystone of Union) so he can regenerate into a new body. Written by Daniel Williamson

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[first lines]
Adric: So, this is N-Space?
The Doctor: Yes, the old home universe. It's many times larger than anything you're used to.
Adric: All those stars.
The Doctor: Yes.
Adric: Do you know them all?
The Doctor: Well, just the interesting ones.
Adric: How can you tell which is which?
The Doctor: Well, law of probability, that sort of thing, you know. Anyway, we're supposed to be on our way back to Gallifrey.
Adric: I don't see what the law of probability's got to do with it.
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Referenced in 'Doctor Who': The Hartnell Years (1991) See more »

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Tom Baker's penultimate Dr Who adventure. I remember seeing this serial in my younger years and half enjoying it, and I feel the same about it now. THE KEEPER OF TRAKEN possesses a really cool villain in the form of a teleporting statue that appears to have been heavily indebted to those Easter Island carvings, but the storyline is very laboured and talky, even for Who. The final result is an acceptable adventure for the Doctor but not one of Baker's best efforts.

There are elements of interest for Whovians throughout, however, not least the extended presence of fan favourite Anthony Ainley (THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT) throughout the serial; the twist involving his character is an excellent one. Plus we get to see Baker's Doctor interacting with Adric, which makes for a short-lived novelty, although I could have done without the inclusion of damp sponge Nyssa. Still, with an almost entire lack of incident and some VERY predictable plotting - with the old "arrest the Doctor for no real reason" mentality present throughout - although I want to like this I find it hard to.

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